2020 Australasian Oaks Field: Toffee Tongue in Barrier 3

April 28, 2020

2020 Australasian Oaks Field: Toffee Tongue in Barrier 3

Chris Waller’s perennial runner-up Toffee Tongue has come up trumps with barrier three in Saturday’s capacity Australasian Oaks 2020 field at Morphettville Racecourse.

Egg Tart

Trainer Chris Waller chases a second Australasian Oaks win after his 2017 success with Egg Tart (pictured).

Punters are treated to a double shot of elite level racing in South Australia this weekend for Robert Sangster Stakes Day with both the Group 1 events on the card offering a reduced $400,000 in prize money due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A line-up of the season’s top three-year-old staying fillies face off in the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (registered as the Australasian Oaks) run over 2000m.

Premier Sydney-based trainer Waller won the race back in 2017 with Egg Tart and returns this weekend with a trio of hopefuls led by his last start Group 1 ATC Oaks runner-up Toffee Tongue.

Damien Thornton rides the well-bred daughter of Tavistock who comes off four straight second place efforts back home, the latest behind Colette in the ATC Oaks over the mile and a half.

Nudge (11) and Betcha Flying (13) are the other Waller-trained runners in this year’s Schweppes Oaks field.

Nudge looks a genuine winning hope having run third in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill two back before rising in distance for the ATC Oaks fourth over the mile and half.

Uncle Mo filly Betcha Flying also won’t be without her admirers after lead-up win at Flemington over 1700m on ANZAC Day, the same race that produced Waller’s previous Schweppes Oaks winner Egg Tart.

“She travelled down from Sydney in great order,” Waller stable rep Jo Taylor told AAP this week.

“Chris has allowed her to mature at her own rate. She tells us when she’s ready to keep stepping up.

“She’ll freshen up this week and head to Adelaide either on Wednesday or Thursday evening and try and back up and do the same in the Oaks.”

The other standout last start winner in the race is the Tony & Calvin McEvoy-trained Silent Sovereign, the striking daughter of Dalakhani having won in the Group 3 Auraria Stakes (1800m) at the track second-up last time out.

She is now out to do the double for the second time in three years following on from Sopressa (2018) who was the latest Australasian Oaks winner to come off a victory in the traditional home town lead-up.

Other notable hopes including the Auraria Stakes runner-up Selica (15) for Phillip Stokes and Danny O’Brien’s last star VOBIS Sires Guineas third placegetter Affair To Remember.

Click here for the latest Australasian Oaks 2020 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Australasian Oaks Field & Barriers

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x1421x438P FASCINO (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace TBA 16 56kg 85
2 61231×5034 NUDGE Chris Waller Todd Pannell 11 56kg 85
3 14x4123x65 MOONLIGHT MAID Mitchell Freedman Zac Spain 12 56kg 83
4 11181×3167 ASIAGO James Cummings TBA 17 56kg 82
5 11226×80 VEGAS JEWEL (NZ) Mark Kavanagh Jason Holder 4 56kg 81
6 x8461x0008 LA FALAISE Henry Dwyer Ms Georgina Cartwright (a) 8 56kg 78
7 2x522x8541 BETCHA FLYING Chris Waller Dom Tourneur 13 56kg 78
8 3x1111x224 WINGS OF PASTRAMI Jeff Searle Jake Toeroek 2 56kg 76
9 3x64x62222 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Thornton 3 56kg 76
10 142469×41 SILENT SOVEREIGN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 6 56kg 76
11 15×19492 SELICA (NZ) Phillip Stokes Ms Kayla Crowther (a) 15 56kg 73
12 1x10554x18 BEAUTY BOLT Grahame Begg Dean Holland 1 56kg 72
13 1121 SIERRA SUE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ethan Brown 20 56kg 72
14 6x1736x313 AFFAIR TO REMEMBERSABOIS Bonus Scheme Dan O’Sullivan John Allen 5 56kg 70
15 11×62 ZAYYDANI (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Paul Gatt 7 56kg 69
16 4x4130x433 WALKING FLYING (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ryan Hurdle 14 56kg 65
17e 2x2123x21 NOVEMBER DREAMING Danny O’Brien TBA 10 56kg 68
18e 8437×93734 DON’TTELLTHEBOSS Robbie Griffiths TBA 19 56kg 67
19e 21×136 REALM OF FLOWERS Anthony Freedman TBA 9 56kg 66
20e 4045×31651 MISS HARRIETTE Shane Nichols TBA 18 56kg 62

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